By Madeline Friedman
March 10, 2014
Lessons are organized into chapters so you can get help on a particular topic in an instant or explore an area of interest in depth. You can create a profile and queue, and can even earn certificates of completion for certain courses.
"The training videos can complement university courses and benefit both students and faculty," said Richard Malenitza, Manager of Instructional Media and Technology for NYU's Information Technology Services. "Courses in which software applications play a large role can distract from teaching and learning as instructors can spend hours getting students up-to-speed. I don't see lynda.com replacing traditional university courses but I do see this as a great supplement."
Tutorials available via lynda.com include topics such as:
Academic Technology Specialist Jeffrey Bary said that professors have always assigned supplemental learning as homework. "This is not a new concept. It may change the nature of the way material is offered. If a faculty member can go to their class and say, 'we're using Excel in this class,' the understanding is that within four weeks you will be proficient in Excel. It used to be, if you didn't know it, you would have to go figure it out on your own, talk to your cousin, get a book. This [lynda.com] is just putting another book on the bookshelf," said Bary.
NYU students, faculty and staff now have unrestricted web-based and mobile device app access to lynda.com, integrated with the single sign-in. To log in, sign in to the NYUHome Academics or Work tab and click the login button in the lynda.com channel.
For assistance with lynda.com, search the FAQs and other support resources on the lynda.com website, as they may answer common issues. NYU-specific lynda.com support is also available in the ServiceLink knowledge base. For questions regarding your access to lynda.com, your eligibility or login information, and your NYU password, please contact the NYU IT Service Desk. If you have questions or trouble after you successfully authenticate to lynda.com, contact lynda.com directly; their contact information is available at www.lynda.com/support/contact.aspx.